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Extended Learning Program (ELP)


The Salt Lake City School District office and schools are closed until at least May 1. Scheduled assessments are postponed and the April Open Houses are cancelled. Letters will be sent after all testing has been completed and data is received. At this time, we are unable to identify testing dates.Please check the ELP website for any updates on testing and notifications. Check the district's website for general daily updates.

Gifted/Talented and High Ability Services

Is your child a rapid learner who put thoughts together quickly?

Does your child have an excellent memory or an unusually large vocabulary?

Does your child have an advanced comprehension of word nuances, metaphors and abstract ideas?

If so, the district’s Extended Learning Program may be a good fit for your child. 

The Extended Learning Program provides academic services for identified gifted and high ability students who are found eligible for services through an assessment process.


What is ELP?

Extended Learning Program services are provided to meet the needs of identified gifted/talented and high ability students. ELP services offer students the opportunity to engage in learning with greater depth, complexity, and rigor through differentiated curriculum and instruction. ELP coursework is extended beyond the general education classroom and is more abstract and complex, giving students greater depth of understanding. Skill development with higher order thinking skills in both critical and creative thinking is an important part of the students' experiences. Certified teachers with a Gifted and Talented Endorsement teach ELP classes.

The Extended Learning Program serves gifted/talented and high ability students in elementary and middle schools with two service models, Magnet ELP and Neighborhood ELP. Visit us on the ELP website for more information.


The Magnet Extended Learning Program (MELP) is a district administered program in which students are identified by national normed assessment measures. Eligibility is determined at the district level. 

        Elementary Magnet ELP

  • MELP serves students in a full day program at Emerson (1-6), Hawthorne (K-6), and Whittier (K-6) schools, taught by certified teachers who also have or are receiving a Gifted and Talented Education Endorsement.
  • Students are found eligible for Magnet ELP through an assessment process.
  • Application dates and assessment dates are posted on the ELP website. 

       Middle School Magnet ELP

  • MELP serves students in up to four core subjects at Clayton, Glendale, Hillside, and West High School. 
  • Students are found eligible for Middle School Magnet ELP through an assessment process.
  • Application dates and assessment dates are posted on the ELP website.


The Neighborhood Extended Learning Program (NELP) is in all Salt Lake City School District elementary and the following middle schools: Clayton, Glendale, Hillside, and Northwest.

        Elementary Neighborhood ELP

  • NELP serves students in a pull-out program in grades 4-6 in a student’s neighborhood elementary school for up to 3 hours per week.
  • Students are found eligible for Elementary Neighborhood ELP through an assessment process.
  • All students in grades 4 and new-to-district grades 5 and 6 are assessed at their neighborhood school at the beginning of the school year.

       Middle School Neighborhood ELP

  • NELP serves students in several core subjects.
  • Students are found eligible for Middle School Neighborhood ELP through an assessment process. Neighborhood schools that offer NELP are Clayton, Glendale, Hillside, or Northwest.
  • Application dates and assessment dates are posted on the ELP website.



The Extended Learning Program supports the mission of Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) to cultivate a love of learning in a diverse and inclusive school community, committed to educational excellence and integrity. In collaboration with families and community we hold high expectations for all students, respond effectively to individual needs, and provide a safe, healthy environment in which every student can learn the academic, problem-solving and social skills required for success in college, career, and life. The district has designed and implemented an Extended Learning Program to meet the cognitive and affective needs of identified gifted students. Through ELP, a continuum of program options provides a beneficial learning environment and curriculum designed to meet the needs of gifted/talented and high ability students.


Discovering Through Depth and Complexity

Depth: understanding a topic beyond surface knowledge. Depth encourages students to venture further, deeper, with greater elaboration, through quality of subject matter, rules and ethics, language, and patterns. It involves learning from:

  • Concrete to abstract
  • Familiar to unfamiliar
  • Known to unknown
  • Literal to symbolized

Complexity: understanding a topic with more abstract thinking. Complexity helps students make connections and identify relationships and associations between, within, and across subjects and disciplines. It focuses on:

  • Varying perspectives
  • Issues, problems, and themes
  • Conceptual learning


The application window for students currently in grades preschool- grade 7 is closed for the 2020-2021 school year.

 Assessments for preschool and kindergarten students for those who applied during the application window are administered in March 2020. 

Eligibility results are mailed via U.S. Post in April 2020 to the address submitted on the online application. 

Please contact the ELP department at 801-578-8573 for any further questions.

If you were unable to attend the Parent Information Meetings, you can access the PowerPoints in Resources (Documents) on this website.

MAGNET ELP Application windows for 2020-2021. Students currently in:

Preschool and Kindergarten: December 9, 2019-January 24, 2020

Grades 1-7: September 23, 2019-November 1, 2019

New this Year! 

Salt Lake City School District is pleased to administer the district-wide universal assessment screener in February 2020 for all current SLCSD Preschool (Pre-K4) and Kindergarten classes.

The purpose of this screener is to identify students for potential Magnet Extended Learning Program (ELP) assessment, with possible eligibility and placement.

Parents/Guardians who desire a possible Magnet ELP placement for their Kindergarten or Grade 1 student in 2020-2021 school year need to apply for testing by January 24, 2020.



Michele Riggs
Michele Riggs Supervisor-Extended Learning

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